Yoasobi To Be Invited to White House Dinner During Kishida’s State Visit; Kishida To Gift Wajima Lacquerware to U.S. President Biden

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Ayase, right, and ikura from Yoasobi

Japanese celebrities, including popular J-pop duo Yoasobi, have been invited to a state dinner at the White House when Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits the United States, a Japanese government official said.

The state dinner will be hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Yoasobi has become popular worldwide for such songs as their record-breaking hit “Idol.”

Kishida plans to give Biden Wajima lacquerware as a souvenir. Studios of the Japanese traditional craft were heavily damaged by the Noto Peninsula Earthquake in January.